HMFH Architects announced the completion of Foxborough Regional Charter School’s 74,000 sf addition and renovation project. A ribbon cutting ceremony and open house was held at the school on Saturday, January 21 to celebrate the opening of the new facility.
As a K-12 public college preparatory school south of Boston, FRCS enrolls 1,200 students from 20 surrounding communities. Previously housed in a 50-year-old building with several additions including a number of modular buildings, the new construction enlarged the current high school building section on the ground level and added a second floor to that brick structure.
The addition provided 21 new classrooms, replacing the current modular buildings, as well as three science labs, a computer room, music room, a new administrative and programming area, and a new double gymnasium. The new wing includes a striking new entrance to the school, and is significantly more energy efficient than the modular facilities.
Major renovations to the school included the transformation of the current auditorium into a new media center, and the existing one-court cafeteria/gym into a new state-of-the-art “cafetorium” with a full-size music room that doubles as the stage to provide both dining facilities and a performance space.
The flexible design of the new gymnasium and cafetorium allows these spaces to serve a variety of uses, enabling the school to generate income by renting out these facilities on weekends.